Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – What makes a person inspiring by Christy D. Birmingham.

Welcome back to Christy Birmingham with another post from her Women Inspire archives. Today Christy explores what makes people stand out from the crowd and be looked up to.

What makes a person inspiring by Christy Birmingham.

Inspirational words

Inspirational quote from Helen Keller. Image: ©2014 When Women Inspire

I was thinking about the question in this post’s title and wanted to share a bit. Here’s the thing about “inspiration.” Not everyone thinks the same people are inspiring. What inspires you may not inspire me, and so forth. Hence why you won’t read and respond to every post here (though I encourage reading all of them, of course!).

When I think of the quality called “inspiration,” I think of someone who acts or speaks in ways that encourage other people to behave in creative ways. The creativity is encouraged by watching or listening to someone. Inspiration flows from one person to another and that bond can last a lifetime or just a brief few moments.

For example, Maya Angelou has inspired me for several years and, while she unfortunately has passed away, her written words and videos continue to give me ideas for my own work and ways to reach out to help others. It is important to note that I truly connected with her words after I went through a period of depression and was looking for guidance outside of my immediate circle of contacts. That detail has helped me realize that a person can become inspirational to another person after they go through a life-changing event. In other words, a person who did not previously inspire you can one day do just that.

Idea and the light bulb

Aha, are you feeling inspired? Photo Source: Sputnik Mania, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr

As well, inspiration is not solely about creativity. It is an influence that comes when your senses, emotions and intellect are stimulated. This invigoration could come from a person’s words or from watching a person do something amazing. The result is you feel empowered and energized, able to take on something new or go further with an idea.

As for the ability to inspire someone else, that in itself can energize you and so it is a circle that reinforces in such a positive way. The inspiration can lead to new business ideas, advances in technologies, scoring in a sports game and so much more. The possibilities of the positive energies are endless!

Here are a few quotes about inspiration from some notable women:

(♥) “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller

(♥) “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou

(♥) “What drives the creative person is that we see it all.” ~Wanda Sykes

(♥) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

What qualities do you think make a person inspiring?

©2014 Christy Birmingham

My thanks to Christy for another of her posts that explores the world of inspiring women.

About Christy Birmingham.

Christy Birmingham is a freelance writer in Victoria, BC, who has a BA in Psychology and has taken professional writing courses at the University of Victoria. She is the author of Pathways to Illumination (Redmund Productions, 2013), her first poetry book. Her work also appears in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s From the Cerulean Sea: An Anthology of Verse (2013) and the literary journals The Claremont Review and Tipton Poetry Journal.

Books by Christy Birmingham

About Pathways to Illumination.

Pathways to Illumination is the debut poetry collection from Canadian writer Christy Birmingham. The book follows one woman’s journey following the end of an abusive relationship. Read how she struggles to rise from darkness, a soul reaching for light, with words that weave hope and despair through the pages.

A review on Goodreads for Pathways to Illumination

By Rolly A… Five Stars.

I have been reading Christy Birmingham’s poetry and writings for the past three years. This is a work of art at its finest which paints a riveting story of a journey she has travelled filled with what was thought to be love, but resulted in pain, suffering much emotional trauma and eventually finding her way out to live with freedom and an amazingly positive outlook.

Through Christy’s book, we are able to live the fear, trauma and eventual healing we see in the closing poems. Poetry that touches the heart of the reader as it is written from the heart of someone who has been through a great deal.

The greatest blessing is to know Christy and the heart and willingness she has to share in hopes of helping others who suffer. It is my pleasure to call her a truly gifted writer and friend I admire and a person who many look to for strength, courage and support.

Never stop writing Christy, you have been given a very special gift and a gift which will bless many. 

Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions (less)

About Versions of the Self

Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. These unique 80 poems definitely color themselves outside of the lines.

One of the recent reviews for Versions of the Self

Versions of the Self plays around with the concept of different selves, not trying to pin down or define the self, but dazzling the reader with the many colorful possibilities of human existence. These lines reveal the pensive and imaginative mind of a poet who is rooted in reality but gifted with the talent of describing everyday events with fantastic flair.

The poems speak of moments in life that we can all relate to: the love of a child for their parent, the sudden yearning for a crush, the heartbreak of rejection, the self-confidence that comes from releasing fear. Christy provides fitting and beautiful metaphors for all of these, making it appear like each one is not just different side of the self, but a whole other world.

Some of my favourite poems were ones where the ‘self’ tries to see beyond her current situation and imagine the possibilities, as in this excerpt from “The Field of Poppies”:

I bend down to pick the red flowers at
My feet, and I wonder at a day when
Tears do not stain my cheeks.
I wonder how the words will sound,
I wonder who will hold my hand then.

These poems give the impression of someone young, optimistic, hopeful. The different selves can be separated by seemingly insurmountable gulfs, but at the same time these poems speak of a strong connection, not only between people but also with nature and even the stars beyond our world.

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37 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – What makes a person inspiring by Christy D. Birmingham.

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  3. I love that quote by Anne Frank, Christy. YOu are right that different people and ideas inspire us at different times in our lives. For me it can be different hours of the day never mind different times of the year or my life. Great share, Sally.

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  4. A great post to ponder over, Christy. I like that you describe inspiration as flowing from one to another and inducing creativity. I hadn’t thought of the flow before. I like the sense of fluidity it carries as if it may have a meandering path.

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  5. You are an inspiration Christy. You set the example for what it is to inspire with your kind heart and your informative posts all geared toward helping others with the ideas you share across your blog. Inspiring means to excite, motivate and uplift others. That’s what you do. 🙂 xxx

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